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nubbsgalore:

the bullet ridden bodies of a silver back alpha male and three females were discovered and removed from the virunga national park in the eastern congo by rangers working with wildlife direct. one female was pregnant, and the other two had babies who, unable to be located, most likely died from stress and dehydration.

the murders are the suspected result of clashes between conservationists and the illegal charcoal industry who rely on the park’s hardwood to make and sell coal fuel. over 100 park rangers have been killed protecting the gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species (there are only 700 left).

andre, an iccn ranger pictured above, is a self described gorilla mother, caring for four gorillas orphaned (one of whom lost a hand) after their families were killed under similar circumstances. despite having a family of his own, andre lives with the gorillas 24/7, describing them as his own children; his own kids refer to the gorillas as their brothers and sisters.

photos by brent stirton

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#animals  #gorilla  #gorillas  #endangered species  #congo 
thecutestofthecute:

razputinapuato:

allserbgotohell:

what the fuck is wrong with ths bird why does it have sexy legs for strutting

well you can tell by the way i use my walk that im a womans man no time to hawk

Why is this so funny

thecutestofthecute:

razputinapuato:

allserbgotohell:

what the fuck is wrong with ths bird why does it have sexy legs for strutting

well you can tell by the way i use my walk that im a womans man no time to hawk

Why is this so funny

(Source: ushijima1129)

— 5 days ago with 71297 notes
#animals  #hawk  #birds  #hawks  #birds of prey 

onlylolgifs:

Bonobo builds a fire and toasts marshmallows

— 5 months ago with 51952 notes
#bonobo  #animals  #camping  #marshmallow  #smart 

"I became a vegan the day I watched a video of a calf being born on a dairy farm. The baby was dragged away from his mother before he hit the ground. The helpless calf strained his head backwards to find his mother. The mother bolted after her son and exploded into a rage when the rancher slammed the gate on her. She wailed the saddest noise I’d ever heard an animal make, and then thrashed and dug into the ground, burying her face in the muddy placenta." ~ James McWilliams

"I became a vegan the day I watched a video of a calf being born on a dairy farm. The baby was dragged away from his mother before he hit the ground. The helpless calf strained his head backwards to find his mother. The mother bolted after her son and exploded into a rage when the rancher slammed the gate on her. She wailed the saddest noise I’d ever heard an animal make, and then thrashed and dug into the ground, burying her face in the muddy placenta." ~ James McWilliams

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— 5 months ago with 2797 notes
#vegan  #animals  #food  #cows  #beef  #milk  #dairy  #calf  #mother  #baby